Arkansas State Library to House KATV Video Archives

by Mark Carter  on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 5:35 pm  

David Pryor and his wife Barbara were motivated to donate retired campaign funds to the UA for creation of the Pryor Center 10 years ago after learning that another Little Rock TV station, KARK, had discarded its entire video archive in the city dump after it moved to new facilities in downtown Little Rock. The center's mission is to collect, preserve and share the state's oral and visual history.

Beebe said all Arkansans and future generations will benefit from Allbritton's donation of the "KATV Collection."

"I'm champing at the bits to have a chance to see this," he said. A press release issued by the UA said it would require almost three years of round-the-clock viewing to watch the entire collection, which includes KATV's coverage of every major news, weather and sports event in the state from the past 50 years.

"No other state in America has anything like this," David Pryor said. "This is a big day for our state."



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